Hi everyone! I just finished commenting on all your surprise quilts. They are all wonderful! I am sorry that I am late in posting. I have had other deadlines to meet and ok, I'm a procrastinator! I was in a group art quilt exhibit at Mission Trails Visitor Center in October and had to have 7 nature themed quilts for sale. None sold but it was a beautiful exhibit! I also have two quilts in the Fallbrook, CA Library for an exhibit until January.
So, this quilt is a dual challenge. My quilt guild is having a Beatles themed challenge. Using a Beatles song or lyrics for inspiration in a 14" (album cover size) quilt. My grandson's name is Jude and so here he is on a hay stack. This quilt shouldn't be seen yet as the reveal is next Monday but I couldn't wait!
I did lots of hand stitching in the hay. I think its called a rice stitch or chicken scratch stitch. I machine quilted the ground and hand quilted the sky (which was sponge painted on top of a mottled blue fabric). For Jude, I changed a picture of him crawling up a hill to black and white in Photo Shop and used the Posterize filter. Then I printed him onto fuseable fabric for ink jet printers. I used watercolor crayons (NeocolorII) to color him in and used my watercolor brush to wet and blend the colors. I set the colors with an iron and cut him out and fused him on.